Thursday, 19 July 2018

A Special PJ Half Marathon Edition

It was PJ Half Marathon's 30th year in 2018 and the organizer had came up with a special category to celebrate its 30th year edition. They added a special 30K category to the popular half marathon event!

I was of course piqued at the thought of running a 30K at PJ Half Marathon but sanity made me registered to a half marathon instead. I've never run in any of PJ Half Marathon's previous editions although I did register for a half marathon last year. Unfortunately, I had to DNS it last year so 2018 was my first time running in the iconic PJ Half Marathon.

Anyhoo... Long story short, I got lazy in training and didn't want to suffer needlessly with running a half marathon after three weeks of non-existent training mileage so I contacted the organiser and they had graciously allowed me to downgrade my category to a 10K.
There was a hiccup at the race kit collection day when my name wasn't found in the database. I had to wait for over one hour to get the bib issue sorted but a crew finally helped to assist me and I got it settled.

Because I ran in the 10K category, Hubby and I only left home at 6.00am and we parked our car at Taman Jaya Park. There was still ample parking there when we arrived and we just had to walk a few hundred metres to get to the Start Line at Padang Timur.

The plan was, Hubby will take photos until I finished my run and then it was my turn to take runners' photos. We weren't official photographers of PJ Half Marathon, of course but it's something we like to do at races that either one of us attended.

Despite the emcees repeated announcement on the Start of 10K category and reminding 3K runners not to start together, I noticed many runners with 3K bibs starting together with us. Perhaps they do want to run 10K but the slots were sold out when they wanted to register. *bersangka baik* Otherwise, it's pretty stupid to do that lah!

There were 2 water stations along the 10K route, at 3K and 6K mark. The route was well marshalled and although there were a few junctions that weren't manned, the traffic seemed to be rather patient with us runners. Cars that shared the route with us, where there were no total closure were driving slowly and carefully beside runners.

Despite not having any training mileage for the last three weeks, the first 6K of my run went rather well. I was plodding along slowly and steadily and was quite happy with my 7:30min pace. All through the first 6K, I was thinking, "Hey, the hills here aren't that bad!"

Yeah, then we reached KM7 and the hills got longer and steeper and I was reduced to walking most of the uphill section. Demit. Hahaha

The 10K route was nice and it pass through both the main roads (with traffic excellently controlled by traffic police and race marshalls) and around housing areas.
At around KM8 in front of Jabatan Kimia, I marveled at this guy's grit at doing his 3K with his cane and all. Respect!

There was a sign later telling runners we had only one km left. I looked at my watch which only showed 8.3km and wondered whether the 10K route was underdistanced.

Then after running for another kilometer, there's another sign telling us that we had another one km to go.

What la! Earlier kena con! LOL
After all the ups and downs along the route, it was thankfully a downhill at the final kilometer as we ran towards Padang Timur where the Finish Line was located. 

I crossed the finished line, saw a few friends, helped push a guy on a wheelchair to the field area and to collect our medals (there was no ramp to assist him to enter the field section and three ladies - one was a fellow runner and another one was a volunteer I called to help us had to help him), took my medal, bread and joined the looooong queue for 100 Plus. I had thought runners would be given a bottle of mineral water upon finishing but tarak.

After taking a few photos with friends at the field, I joined Hubby who was busy taking photos by the roadside and took over photography duties.

It was a fun morning. Initially I was glad to run in 10K instead of 21K but later, I wished I had just run 21K instead! Hahaha

Photos that we took at PJ Half Marathon can be viewed at our Facebook page Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura. Do LIKE and FOLLOW us for more race photos and updates.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Croutons Cafe By Gourmet Seduction - Finding A Hidden Gem In Seri Kembangan

Croutons Cafe is located just a few hundred metres away from Mines Shopping Centre and a short walking distance from KTM Serdang Sation. But because the cafe's location that is rather hidden, away from the normal pedestrian route from the KTM station to Mines and away from the main road, we never realised its existence despite it being opened for nearly 3 years if not for a chance conversation with a neighbour who had visited the cafe.

It's always been rather inconvenient for us to find a great cafe that's nearby to our home and we've always needed to drive out a bit just to enjoy a decent cup of coffee and pasta. No, Mines Shopping Centre doesn't have a decent pasta place, in my opinion and Pizza Hut totally doesn't count.
After a full day of activities - with collection of Son's report card at school, going to three(!) different venues for race kit collections not to mention a fun run, Hubby had this nice surprise for me - by going to Croutons Cafe for our dinner.
First impression was immediately a good one.
Croutons Cafe is sure nice and cosy. A small cafe with a warm atmosphere and little nooks to enjoy a good cuppa or a good company.
Coffee was good and that's tops for me. 
For dinner, we ordered cappuccino (RM11) and Pesto Linguini (RM19) + added Salmon Flakes (RM4) for me, Hubby had Latte (RM11) and Viking Salad (RM23.90) and Son had Ice Lemon Tea (RM8) and Pink Linguini (RM24). 

Portion were generous and I've had to ask Hubby to finish mine. Hubby gave me one of his smoked salmon and it was goooood. Maybe I should order Viking next time.

It is a small cafe, away from the hubbubs but don't underestimate it. The chef learn his trade at Le Cordon Blue and the team had served and catered to not only international stars but also to royalty! There's a photo of the team with the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong displayed in the cafe!

If  you're looking for an affordable cafe with great food, and food that compares highly with big names or starred restaurants - this is definitely a great choice. 

We truly enjoyed our dinner there and I would definitely return for another visit. It also helps that Standard Chartered Bank credit card holders enjoy 10% discount off their meal of a minimum RM50.00.

Note:
My Maxis line doesn't work well in this cafe with almost non-existent line but might as well lah. No need to be too preoccupied with updating status & food photos immediately to IG & FB. Hahahah

Monday, 16 July 2018

Run Your World With Saucony Run Malaysia 2018

Saucony Run in coming to Malaysia with its inaugural this September. Saucony Run Malaysia 2018 is scheduled to be held on September 30 at Persiaran Flora, Cyberjaya.

A city is defined by its people, they are the blood that runs through the veins of a city’s street, and its heart beats to the pace of their drum. Join us as we follow the people who know their cities the best. Experience how they RUN THEIR WORLD, the Saucony way.

Category & Fee


30 KM - RM80

Men Open 18 - 39 years old
Men Senior 40 years old & above
Women Open 18 - 34 years old
Women Senior 35 years old & above

15 KM - RM65
Men Open 18 - 39 years old
Men Senior 40 years old & above
Women Open 18 - 34 years old
Women Senior 35 years old & above

5 KM - RM55
Open 16 years old & above

* Age calculate base on event date
* Participant Below 18 must provide written consent

Participant Entitlement

30 KM
Running T-shirt
Bib Number
Bib Number
Timing Chip

Finisher Entitlement
√ Finisher T-shirt
√ Finisher Medal
√ E-Certificate

15 KM
Running T-shirt
Bib Number
Timing Chip

Finisher Entitlement
√ Finisher Medal
√ E-Certificate

5 KM
Running T-shirt
Bib Number

Finisher Entitlement
√ Finisher Medal
√ E-Certificate

√ Only for finisher within cut off time
 Finisher tee for 30KM category
 Event t-shirt
Finisher medals for all categories

Flag-off time & Cut-off time

30KM
Flag-off time - 5.00am
Cut-off time - 5 hours
Estimated Cut-off time - 10.00am

15 KM
Flag-off time - 6.30am
Cut-off time - 3 hours
Estimated Cut-off time - 9.30am

5 KM
Flag-off time - 7.00am
Cut-off time - 1 hour
Estimated Cut-off time - 8.00am

Race Kit Collection

Date
28th September 2018
29th September 2018

Time
11.00 AM - 6.00 PM
11.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Venue
Key Power Sport, MyTown, Kuala Lumpur
RSH, Dpulze Plaza, Cyberjaya, Selangor

Registration can be done at:

More updates on the run and other related Saucony events i.e. running clinics can be found at their Facebook page:

For more updates on races, giveaways and race photos, please visit our Facebook page Cik Arnab & En Kura-Kura.

Cheers!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Report Card Day And Durians

Saturday was Son's school open day and both Hubby & I went to the school's open day to meet his teacher and sign his report card.

So far, we're fine with his results - not bad for a boy who doesn't attend tuition classes and depended on his teachers and their extra classes for his studies. With their help, he managed to even get a great PT3 results last year, remember?
Apart from that, there is something special at the school.

PIBG had arranged for a durian vendor from Raub to come and sell durian at the school!
The price ranges from RM8 - RM12/kg for kampung durian/D24 and they were really nice and certainly didn't break the bank.

Students on duty were able to enjoy the durians as a treat too. How nice of PIBG.

We didn't buy a lot because we had lots of stuff to do and places to run around so I didn't want to leave all those durians in the car for too long. Such a pity.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Literally Running Around This Weekend

There are a number of races going on this weekend and also race kit collection for next week's races.
I registered for the SSP Golden Run back in March and the race was supposed to be held earlier but was postponed due to election.

Alas, I may not be able to go collect my race kit on Friday, July 13th either from 10am to 6.30pm or later at night at 8.00pm to 10.00pm.

I also may not be able to run in the 15K category that I registered myself because Son has a replacement school that day and it will also be his school's open day. Must go and attend, see teachers and collect report card ma...

There are three other race kit collections for me this weekend and two races:
Score Run Day Edition 2018 - the race will be held on Sunday, July 22 but the race kit collection will be done this weekend from Jul 14 - 15th (10.00am to 9.00pm) at Atria Shopping Gallery.
There's also PJ Half Marathon race kit collection and race day this weekend.

Race kit collection is on July 13 - 14th (Fri & Sat) from 11.00am to 6.00pm at Dewan Sivik MBPJ, PJ.

Then again, I'm not sure whether I'll be running in the PJ Half Marathon 2018. See how la... Hahaha

Anyhoo, there's another race kit collection and run (a night one) on Saturday for me at LIT Run 2018.
LIT Run 2018 will be held at Taman Botani Shah Alam on Sat, July 14th.

Race kit collection will be on Fri, Jul 13th (from 5.00pm to 7.00pm) & Sat, Jul 14th (from 3.00pm to 5.00pm) at Taman Botani Shah Alam.

So many races, but only one pair of legs to go around. Haha

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